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Tibetan Buddhism

 
 
"For Buddhists everywhere, the Bhavacakra is a powerful reminder of samsara, the cycles of transmigratory existence that operate both physically and psychologically in the lives of all beings. At its hub the three poisons, a pig, cock, and snake—symbols of ignorance, greed, and hatred—chase each other endlessly, binding beings to the cycle of suffering through the power of karma.

The six divisions in the spokes of the wheel depict the six realms in which living beings take birth. Uppermost are the heavenly realms of the devas, or gods. To the left and right are the realms of humans and asuras, powerful beings ruled by anger and jealousy. The lower divisions contain the animal realm, the desolate fields of the hungry ghosts, and the burning and freezing hells.

Forming the rim of the wheel are twelve images depicting the twelve links of pratitya samutpada, or interdependent origination. Beginning with ignorance and ending with birth, old age, and death, each link in the chain becomes the cause of the next, perpetuating ceaseless cycles of cause and result. Magnetized by the flow of events, beings are cast down from the heavens to the hells and flung into the intermediate realms according to their karma and the conjunction of causes and conditions.

Holding the wheel firmly in his grasp is Yama, lord of death, the end of all living beings, even the gods. A Buddha, or Tathagata, stands outside the wheel, demonstrating the possibility of liberation."       ~Tarthang Rinpoche, Dharma Publishing
 
 
 

Rare Gems and Sleepers

 
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Padmasambhava and the Nyingma School

Padmasambhava and the Nyingma School

Red Hats and Dzogchen, the Great Perfection
Tilopa and the Kagyu School

Tilopa and the Kagyu School

Adepts of the Oral Lineage
Je Tsongkhapa and the Kadam/Gelug School

Je Tsongkhapa and the Kadam/Gelug School

Yellow Hats and the Way of Virtue
Virupa and the Sakya School

Virupa and the Sakya School

Lamdre, The Path and Its Result
Bon and Dzogchen Shamanism

Bon and Dzogchen Shamanism

Pre-Buddhist Zhang-zhung
Vajrayana and Crazy Wisdom Masters

Vajrayana and Crazy Wisdom Masters

Monks, Hermit Saints and Sorcerers
Termas, Tantras and Sutras

Termas, Tantras and Sutras

Sacred Scriptures and Commentaries
Caveat Lector

Caveat Lector

Reader Beware